Syrian art explores themes of war, resilience and hope

posted Dec 17, 2017, 12:44 AM by Amr Sayed   [ updated Dec 17, 2017, 12:45 AM ]
Rami Bakhos and Humam Alsalim, Cultural Beheading 1, 2015, digital print. Libraries and Cultural Resources photo

The latest exhibition at the University of Calgary’s Founders' Gallery at The Military Museums of Calgary offers a glimpse inside conflict zones in Syria and explores the hopes of dreams of its people. Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art, on display from Oct. 12 to Jan. 7, 2018, highlights the work of 19 Syrian artists — most of them still living in Syria — whose work was inspired by the turmoil in their country. Through art, they’re building a greater understanding of the Syrian people, their culture and history.

“This exhibition is not for the faint of heart, but it also affirms the incredible capacity of the human spirit to not only survive the most unimaginable circumstances, but thrive,” explains Lindsey Sharman, curator of the Founders’ Gallery.

Nickle at Noon lecture by curator Paul Crawford

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Noon to 1 p.m.
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library

Exhibition opening reception

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
5:30 p.m.
The Founders’ Gallery, The Military Museums of Calgary
4520 Crowchild Trail, S.W.

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